Death toll after Lombok quake rises to 259

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Today's quake was the third big trmor to hit Lombok in little more than a week but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Facebook has been forced to apologise after users posting about Sunday's deadly natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok saw their messages trigger animations of celebratory balloons and confetti.

A humanitarian crisis is looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean, water, food, medicine and shelter.

The aftershock had caused more "trauma", said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's quake.

Witnesses said people ran into the roads in a panic and some buildings collapsed.

The two Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok are located a short distance away and can be reached by ferry, speed boat or plane.

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

Many people used the word "selamat" - meaning "to survive" - as they wrote about the magnitude 7.0 quake, which, CBS reports, killed at least 131 people. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.

Tourists had evacuated or left the country themselves following Sunday's quake.

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